From The Alpha and the Omega - Introduction
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
The Twelve Letter Name of God

YHWH from the dictionary
Footnote 3 American Heritage Dictionary "YHWH"

   This is not in reality a word but is known as the "Tetragrammaton," the four consonants standing for the ancient Hebrew name for God commonly referred to as "Jehovah" or "Yahweh." The original Hebrew text was not vocalized. YHWH was considered too sacred to pronounce, so ‘adonai ("my Lord") was substituted in reading. When eventually a vowel system was invented, since the Hebrews had forgotten how to pronounce YHWH, they substituted the vowels for ‘adonai, making "Jehovah," a form first attested at the beginning of the twelfth century A.D.

Tetragrammaton from the dictionary
Footnote 4 American Heritage Dictionary "TETRAGRAMMATON"

   In Genesis 17:1 Yahweh appeared to Abram, but the revelation vouchsafed was not "I am Yahweh" but "I am El Shaddai." It was not until Exodus 3:13-15 that Yahweh was opened to Moses.

    The Lord identifies himself with redemption, the blood of the lamb, and the choosing out of his people for himself. In Exodus 3-4; 6:1-8 Yahweh is a God that speaks before he is a God who acts.

   God (Heb. ‘elohim, el, ‘elyon, shadday, yahweh, Gr. theos). God’s being and attributes are displayed on every page of the Bible. A scholarly definition of God would be:

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go to the next subject The Names of God and also see
Chapter Four for another view of heaven as connected to the Twelve Letter Name of God.